Day 10 of the Plastic Free July Challenge
While fashion has justifiably got a bad rap for poor environmental practices, beauty pollution, though smaller in volume, is highly insidious.
👉🏼Microbeads and microplastics like glitter are impossible to shore out of oceans.
👉🏼The avobenzone in sunscreens is now proven to deplete coral reefs. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in fragrances and hairsprays contribute to smog and air pollution.
👉🏼The indiscriminate use of palm oil in 70% of cosmetics has led to massive deforestation.
According to a study commissioned by Zero Waste Europe, our use of beauty and personal care products produced 142 billion units of packaging in 2018 alone. (Source)
Add to this the total energy utilized, plus the giant carbon footprint for transferring ingredients and finished goods.
So, what can we do now?
We can do 2 things:
1. DIY Products – Make your own beauty products & treat your skin issues from the root. I did a lot of research on this and you can check out my zero waste skincare guide here!
2. If you don’t have time to make your own products switch to eco-friendly beauty products. They are not only good for the environment but also great for your skin.
Let me know in the comments if you’d like to get help from me in choosing the right eco-friendly beauty brands for you!
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